Re: Nick Cafardo's Winter Standings-Do You agree?
posted at 1/29/2012 12:44 PM EST
In Response to Re: Nick Cafardo's Winter Standings-Do You agree?
[QUOTE]I agree with the top 3. Although I found it kind of odd, that when talking about Feliz as a starter for Texas, Nick described him as being "filthy". Yet Bard is listed as a question mark. Bard can be just as "filthy" and Feliz can be just as much of a question mark going from the pen into the rotation. I would be inclined to put the Sox (or maybe Philly) at #4 though then the other at #5. Not really impressed with the Cardinals being that high. They are solid in the OF, but outside of 1b, their infield is pretty bad. Other than Carpenter, their rotation is nothing to talk about either.
"IF" Wainwright comes back strong would be a big boost for the starters. But, I just don't see them being rated this high. Same with Detroit (in reverse order). Their infield is good, obviously Fielder and Cabrera is a monster combo, but their entire OF is questionable at best. Outside of Verlander, there isn't a single starter they have that I would want on the Sox
. So, they are top heavy with a few big bombs (Fielder, Cabrera, Verlander, Peralta for a SS and Avila for a C) but after that? So, I would put the Sox at #4/5 with Philly.
Posted by sjddaj[/QUOTE]
The defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals have Chris Carpenter (5.0 WAR* in 2011), Jaime Garcia (3.6), Kyle Lohse (2.5), Jake Westbrook (1.1) and Adam Wainwright (6.1 in 2010).
The defending AL Central champion Detroit Tigers, who beat the Yankees in the postseason enroute to the ALCS, have Justin Verlander (7.0 in 2011), Doug Fister (5.6), Max Scherzer (2.7) and Rick Porcello (2.7).
The defending third-place Boston Red Sox have Josh Beckett (4.3), Jon Lester (3.7) and Clay Buchholz (1.1).
I would not trade the St. Louis or Detroit rotation for the Boston rotation.
* Wins Above Replacement as reported at FanGraphs